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MOCA September 2013

June 16–September 16, 2013
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

A New Sculpturalism examines the work of thirty-eight major and emerging practices in contemporary Los Angeles architecture of the past twenty-five years. What unites this group of architects is not a drive towards a singular aesthetic, style or form but rather a relentless commitment to asking essential questions and challenging the very notion of what architecture is and can be. Their work is distinguished by innovative design, inventive use of materials, and a bold visual vocabulary. Many have deep roots in Southern California, while others have been drawn here from around the world by the magnetic lure of an un-constrained creative environment. Most have strong affiliations with the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc), the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California Department of Architecture. Among the earlier generation of represented architects are Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss, from whose practices have emerged younger generations of architects, a number of whom are included in the exhibition.

A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together seventeen local cultural institutions from April through July for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city's development and ongoing impact in new ways.

IMAGE: Installation view of A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California, on view June 16–September 16, 2013 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, photo by Brian Forrest


August 8–October 7, 2013
MOCA Grand Avenue

In Paris, New York, London, and Los Angeles, show posters for concerts with all-star lineups have been tempting passersby and drivers to attend Madison Square Garden or the Bowery Ballroom, L'Élysée Montmartre or the Wiltern. The months and days of these concerts are listed but not the years, spelling errors are spotted—choice exclusions that add to the growing doubt that these dream acts will ever grace the stage all together on one night. Double-take on these worn posters and you're not even sure if they're coming up or something missed and legendary from long ago, but posted in public space, the anticipation is real. Upon closer inspection we see that these epic concert announcements are actually paintings of lineups that only exist in the imagination of artist André Saraiva. Included in MOCA's groundbreaking Art in the Streets, (2011) the artist returns to the museum for an installation of these painted announcements in the Broad Lobby, visual evidence of the buzz that signs can create when circulated in the streets.

IMAGE: Installation view of André Saraiva: Dream Concerts, on view August 8–October 7, 2013 at MOCA Grand Avenue, photo by Brian Forrest


June 30–Ocotber 13, 2013
MOCA Pacific Design Center

Within The River of Time Is My Mind is a new exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Chris Johanson. Organized by guest curator Andrew Berardini, the exhibition features new paintings, sculpture, and found wood site-specific installation. Known for his figurative work that features text, Johanson employs kaleidoscopic color and angles. His works often feel home-made and human-scaled, drawn, painted, and crafted with an economy that is neither naive nor necessarily simple, though they may often appear so.

IMAGE: Installation view of Chris Johanson: Within The River of Time Is My Mind, on view June 30–September 22, 2013 at MOCA Pacific Design Center, photo by Brian Forrest


MOCA Grand Avenue

Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, Selections from the Permanent Collection presents a chronological installation of significant works from MOCA's holdings from the 1940s to the present. Representing important historical movements such as abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop art, conceptual art, and postmodernism, as well as recent works by Los Angeles-based artists, the exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Bell, Hanne Darboven, Willem de Kooning, Mark Grotjahn, Franz Kline, Sherrie Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Rodney McMillian, Cady Noland, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Charles Ray, Mark Rothko, and others.

IMAGE: Installation view of Selections From The Permanent Collection, on view now at MOCA Grand Avenue. Photo by Brian Forrest.


MOCA Grand Avenue

Los Angeles-based artist RETNA has a created an extensive environment inside the MOCA galleries, employing his sophisticated system of hieroglyphs, calligraphy, and illuminated script, which mirrors his sprawling public murals. Drawing upon Egyptian, Arabic, Hebrew, Old English, East Asian, and Native American typographies, RETNA has crafted his own lexicon and visual vocabulary that speaks to larger world histories and cross-cultural commonalities.

IMAGE: Installation view of RETNA: Para Mi Gente, on view now at MOCA Grand Avenue. Photo by Brian Forrest.


Going to the Source
Sunday, September 1, 1–3:30pm
MOCA Grand Avenue

Trace the inspiration for Sherrie Levine's sculpture La Fortune back to Man Ray's painting of the same title, and then continue the evolution of ideas through a variety of 2D and 3D materials. Enjoy food truck treats and listen to fun music while you make. Sunday Studio now features specialized materials and space for toddlers.

INFO 213 621 1745 or education@moca.org

IMAGE: Installation view of Selections From The Permanent Collection, on view now at MOCA Grand Avenue. Photo by Brian Forrest.


Pat O'Neill: Spatial Affects
Thursday, September 12–7pm

MOCA Grand Avenue
Ahmanson Auditorium

Pat O'Neill, a founding father of the Los Angeles avant-garde film scene and a pioneer of optical effects, is perhaps best known for his highly graphic, layered, and reflexive film work. This program of short works situates this important and singular artist within the broader context of contemporary art. In O'Neill's films boundaries fade, narrative collapses, and multiple layers of imagery draw the viewer into the work, both suggesting and denying linear meaning. A master of experimental montage and compositing techniques, O'Neill has created a graphic language that focuses on the relationships between disparate elements assembled together in the frame. While his innovative optical techniques were prescient of our current digital landscape, his most recent work fully embraces the possibilities of this new technology. Formally rich, spatially ambiguous, and saturated with both color and feeling, O'Neill's films speak the language of painting while moving in time.

$12 general admission; $7 students with valid ID.
FREE for MOCA and Los Angeles Filmforum members; must present current membership card to claim free tickets

INFO 213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

IMAGES: Pat O'Neill, Foregrounds, 16mm, color, sound, 14 minutes, 1978. Courtesy the Artist; Pat O'Neill, Saugus Series, 16mm, color, sound, 18 minutes, 1974. Courtesy the Artist.


MOCAtv Presents a Screening and Performance Event by Los Angeles Artist Brian Butler
Thursday, September 19
Doors 7pm, Screening 8pm

MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium

MOCAtv presents an exclusive premiere screening of Brian Butler's new film Babalon Working, featuring Paz de la Huerta, a visually arresting journey of consciousness that communicates experientially with the viewer and explores the layers of ecstasy, madness, and creativity that mediate man's voyage between life and death. The screening will be followed by Butler's most ambitious performance to date, Transmigration, further exploring the film's abstract concepts with a high level of intensity through the use of orgone generators, stroboscopic lights, low frequency sound waves, and geometric formations.

FREE; limited seating; available first-come, first-serve
RSVP moca.org/rsvp


What's Next? The Future of LA Architecture
Sunday, September 15–3pm
MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium

Join KCRW's Frances Anderton for the final of three panels examining timely topics generated by the themes of, and debates around, A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California. Considering the visibility and opportunities of Los Angeles-based architects locally and globally, what changes might we expect in the built environment? How might ongoing shifts in technology, culture, and resources impact how architects design?

INFO 213 621 1745 or education@moca.org


Outside the Lines: An Artists' Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations
Saturday, September 21 3–6pm
The MOCA Store at MOCA Grand Avenue

Join us for the book launch of OUTSIDE THE LINES: An Artists Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations, curated by Souris Hong-Porretta (Hustler of Culture, Tiny Iron Fists) featuring the work of Keith Haring, Laurie Lipton, Shepard Fairey, Exene Cervenka, Keita Takahasi and more than 100 other contemporary artists. Enjoy DJ sets by Shepard Fairey and Jega; book-signing by select artists featured in the coloring book; and activity stations for drawing and coloring. Refreshments generously provided by Hansens Natural and Icelandic Water.

INFO 213 621 1710 or storeonline@moca.org


Delve into current exhibitions through discussion-oriented gallery tours led by MOCA educators. Private guided tours are a fun and exciting way to experience the museum and are customizable to fit your interests.

$80 per group of 25 or fewer during museum hours.
$7 per person reduced museum admission (waved for non-profits and academic institutions). Special arrangements can be made for private tours when the museum is closed to the public.

Elementary and High School:
$7 per student, 60 students maximum. (One adult chaperone per 10 students required. Chaperones' admission is free.)

Please book all guided tours at least two weeks in advance.

INFO 213/621-1745 or education@moca.org

IMAGE: Installation view of Selection From the Permanent Collection, March 03–January 27, 2014, at MOCA Grand Avenue. Photo by Brian Forrest.


We are grateful to our generous members and donors. It is your support that helps MOCA share its incisive exhibitions, world-renowned permanent collection, and award-winning education and outreach programs with a diverse audience. Make a donation today at moca.org/donate.

IMAGE: Installation view of Selection From the Permanent Collection, March 03–January 27, 2014, at MOCA Grand Avenue. Photo by Brian Forrest.


ARCO Court, MOCA Grand Avenue

Part lemonade stand, part grade-school cafeteria, Lemonade takes a modern twist on a nostalgic concept, offering an array of sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as slow-cooked entrées, decadent desserts, and, of course, the proprietary house-made lemonade in a variety of enticing flavors—cucumber mint, ginger peach, pear tarragon, and strawberry, to name a few.

INFO 213 628-0200 or lemonadela.com

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